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United States Naval Institute v. Charter Communications
Citation:936 F.2d 692 (1991).
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Naval held an assignment for the copyright on The Hunt for Red October. In September 1984, Naval entered into a licensing agreement with Berkley to publish the book in paperback “not sooner than October 1985.” Berkley, however, shipped the books to retail outlets early and the books began selling as early as September 15, 1985. Sales were high and the book was near the top of the paperback bestseller list for September.
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